“We can’t forget 1962”: Sharad Pawar takes a jibe at Rahul Gandhi over India-China faceoff

NCP President Sharad Pawar has taken a jibe at Congress leader Rahul Gandhi over the latter’s continuous attack on Modi government for the Galwan valley clash with China.

Pawar said on Saturday that, matters of national security should not be politicised and one must remember what happened after the 1967 war when large tracts of land were grabbed by the Chinese.

“We can’t forget what had happened in 1962 when China occupied 45,000 square kilometres of India’s territory. While making these allegations, one should also look at what had happened in the past. This is an issue of national interest and once should not bring in politics here,” the former defence minister said while speaking to reporters in Satara.

Pawar’s NCP is an ally of the Congress and they are part of Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi government led by the Shiv Sena.

Sharad Pawar backed the Modi government and the soldiers whose timely intervention prevented encroachment of Indian soil.

“Our soldiers tried to push back Chinese army men when they tried to encroach upon Indian soil. To say this is the failure of anyone or of the defence minister isn’t correct. Had our army not been on alert, we wouldn’t have known Chinese assertion,” he said.

Asserting that one cannot blame Centre, Pawar said, “The scuffle itself means that we were vigilant else we would have been caught unaware. Hence, I don’t think such allegations are fair to make.”